Unai Emery admits that he can look forward to January's transfer period to strengthen Arsenal's defense while preparing for the Europa League match against Qarabag
- Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits that he may have to sign players in January
- The Gunners will go to Southampton this weekend with one suitable central defender
- Laurent Koscielny has been missing since May with a serious injury to the Achilles tendon
Mark Mann-bryans, Press Association Sport
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery admits that he may be forced to add a central defender to his shopping list for January.
The Gunners have no mass middle backs and look like they went to Southampton on Sunday with only one recognized fit defender in the recently returned Laurent Koscielny.
The captain of the club has been missing since May with a serious injury to the Achilles tendon, although Emery has revealed that the 33-year-old Thursday-Europe-division rubber should start at home with Qarabag.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery can use the January transfer window to strengthen his defense
The hope is that Koscielny can get through there and then take his place in the defense at St Mary's, injured with Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi struggles with a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended.
With so many dilemmas at the back Emery seems to have to play a completely out of position, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal able to fill in.
But he also admitted that the club could look into recruiting a defender when the transfer window opens – with both Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Eric Bailly of Manchester United recently connected with a move to the Emirates.
The Gunners will go to Southampton at the weekend with only Laurent Koscielny available
I think if we can take a player to help us in the center, I think it's a good option, & # 39; said Emery.
& # 39; The transfer (window) is not easy … Koscielny is coming back and for the team it is very important that he comes back.
Then we will see how Mavropanos improves with his injuries, because he is also a center back who can help us. Another option that we can play with two, with three, Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner can play in this position. I prefer to use a specialist center back if possible. & # 39;
Arsenal already had the idea to sign a rush in January. Danny Welbeck expected that he was out of the game for some time after he had broken his ankle last month.
Emery initially challenged teen Eddie Nketiah to fill the void, but the academy product has since begun only once and has not been able to shine in a victory in the Europa League against Vorskla Poltava.
& # 39; It's a process, & # 39; Emery said when asked if he was happy with what he had seen from Nketiah – who is expected to lead the line against Qarabag.
In this process we give them, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, opportunities to work with us.
& # 39; Our demand is very large. We are going to help them and then they must also take this responsibility with confidence and great achievement. We need them, but we need great performance. & # 39;